**Before I get started here, I have a short disclaimer. I love movies. Watching them is one of my favorite pass times. There are definitely some good movies out there, but they are in the minority. I’m sure there are perfectly nice people in Hollywood who live respectable lives, but I don’t know any of them personally, and the following is my generalized answer to an article I saw about a decrease in box office receipts and my opinion about why they are down.**
I’m just a little ol’ mom in a fly over state. I couldn’t hope to possess the panache of your average Hollywood star. I graduated from high school, I went to college, my family doesn’t make millions of dollars for pretending and I don’t let people film me naked, but I have a few ideas about falling box office in spite of my obvious lack of Hollywood cool.
First, it’s too expensive for what you get. It’s in the ten-dollar per ticket range to see a movie. Most movies are not worth five bucks apiece, let alone ten. The stories are done over and over and over again. The stories tend to have poorly hidden messages about what we are supposed to believe. /Happy Feet/ or /Wall-e/ anyone? The acting is meh, most of the time. Too many people get naked and/or have out right sex. I’m no prude, but I really don’t need to see that. There are too many rude/sexual/adult jokes and situations in a lot of movies directed at kids. Kids in movies act like undisciplined brats and then real kids think that they should do the same thing once they get home or go to school or hang out with their friends. Again, don’t need that. How about looking at movies that ARE successful, or that ARE classic, like /War Horse/ or the Harry Potter movies or /Forrest Gump/ and make more like them, not similar stories necessarily, but quality acting, producing and directing.
Second, the food is too expensive. It’s something like seven dollars for a large coke. The can I snuck in in my purse when I went to see Harry Potter only cost me about fifty cents. Candy bars are about four dollars. Popcorn, the same. You get my drift. Not gonna pay it. I’m not stupid. Or rich.
Third, and this is something of a new one for the Hollywoodies out there, we’re just not that in to you. We watch gossip and stuff about you because we can’t believe you actually live like that. It’s kinda like watching a train wreck. We know we shouldn’t look, but it’s so gross and weird that we can’t help it. Sure, there are some Hollywood-ites that aren’t as icky, but they are few and far between. They all seem to think they are better than the rest of us cause they live in California and have lots of money, but guess what, they are not. They are just people. They are messed up just like everyone else, only on a grander, more public scale because they are narcissistic and can’t stop telling everyone about themselves. Pretty much the only thing they have that I don’t is a butt-load of money, and let me tell you something honey, if I have to do a fraction of what you folks do for it, I’ll just stay where I am thanks.
Fourth, we are getting sick and tired of being told how to live by the above mentioned narcissists. We take care of business out here in the real world every single day and we can do it without your do-gooder input. All that stuff you keep telling US we should do? maybe you should try doing some of it yourselves and leave us alone. Just because you are in the public eye doesn’t mean you’re super smart, it means you chose a different path than the rest of us that’s all. And by the way, the adults among us also realize that you don’t look the way you want us to think you look either. I am pretty sure I’ve passed “beautiful/handsome movie stars” on the street and without the couple of inches of makeup, hair extensions and super-strength spanks, you all look just like everyone else. That’s why we like people like Sandra Bullock. She’s beautiful and talented, but she doesn’t spend her life telling us about it and she is not immune to going out in “mom clothes” once in a while.
So, that is my uncool, unhip, regular person opinion about the reasons box office receipts are down. All my blah, blah, blahhing boils down to one thing. We’re kinda sick of Hollywood and most of their stupid movies. Step up your game, give us better stuff to watch, stop charging so much for it cause we don’t think it’s worth it, stop thinking your better than everyone else, and for the love of God, keep your clothes on. It’s >gasp< unattractive.
Have a wonderful, normal day 🙂